Stories in the ‘Texas Conservation’ Category

Snaring is Not Only an Exotic Problem

Posted by in African Forest,Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Texas Conservation

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Several times during the year, you can find Houston Zoo staff scouring the beaches of Galveston. All too often, trash, especially plastic products, is improperly disposed of and ends up in our waterways and the surrounding areas. What many people do not know is that these items can prove deadly to local wildlife. Plastics can […]

Houston Zoo Sea Lion Team Works to Remove Marine Debris

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

This is a monofilament bin located on the Surfside jetty.

This post was written by Sophia Darling A few Sundays ago, on March 29th, Houston Zoo sea lion team members Sophia Darling and Heather Crane, along with zoo volunteer Dale Martin, traveled down to the Surfside Jetty for the sea lion team’s monthly jetty cleanup. The Surfside jetty is a high volume fishing area, and […]

Snakes and Reptiles – An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Reptiles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Snakes and Reptiles – An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

In general, reptiles are a misunderstood and much-maligned group of animals. Literature published as far back as 1735 describes reptiles as “foul and loathsome animals.” Unfortunately, this viewpoint is still held by many people today, especially when snakes are the reptiles being discussed. The unreasonable fear of snakes is quite prevalent in our society and […]

East Texas Herpetological Society – March 2015 Meeting

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Events,Reptiles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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Join us for the East Texas Herpetological Society’s March 2015 meeting at the Houston Zoo. This event is free and open to the public! Who: Guest Speaker – Tim Cole When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 Where: The Houston Zoo – Brown Education Building 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030 Details: – Refreshments at 7:00 PM – Talk […]

Turtle Tuesday!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Events,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

Giant jellyfish on the Texas Coast!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff participated in NOAA’s weekly beach survey, looking for injured or sick sea turtles on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and all the way to Surfside! This survey can take anywhere from 9-15 hours, but is vital in ensuring that any sea turtles on our local beaches are accounted for, and cared for […]

Removing Abandoned Traps & Saving Animals in the Wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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This past Saturday, a group of Houston Zoo staff and other community volunteers got together at Fort Anahuac Park for the annual Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) Abandoned Crab Trap Removal. As a first-timer myself, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect – except that we would get dirty – and, boy, did we get muddy! We […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Wildlife Protection Efforts Near the Ocean

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Sabinga is in the United States participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern Virginia Community […]

Discover What Makes the Houston Toad So Unique

Posted by in Amphibians,Animal Updates,Guest Blogger Series,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Gilbert Sabinga is in the United States as participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern […]

Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move […]

Zoe the Zookeeper’s Adventure

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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This post is written by Houston Zoo Aquarist Amy Trang. If you have ever visited Kipp Aquarium here at the Houston Zoo, you may know we have a sea turtle in one of our main exhibits. But what you might not know is these sea turtles are being rehabilitated and will be released back into […]

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